Posted On Friday, 12th April 2013
By Ameenu Shardow
Italy’s football federation boss Giancarlo Abete says goal line technology is not needed in Serie A despite persistent calls for it due to key mistakes made during matches especially with the one involving Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari.
Muntari scored what replays confirmed was a perfect goal in last season’s top-of-the-table clash between Milan and Juventus – a game many believe tilted last season’s championship fight in favour of Antonio Conte’s side.
The Ghana international had his ‘perfect goal’ disallowed at a time the Rossoneri were leading 1-0 and were in firm control of the game.
Juventus however recovered from the early wobble to fetch an all-important equalizer which saw the game end 1-1.
The Bianconeri went on to win the championship unbeaten.
Critics however say their Serie-A feat last season was massively aided by the poor decision of the referee and his assistant to spot the perfect goal of Muntari – leading to heightened crusade for the introduction of goal line technology.
But Abete insists such technological innovations will not be brought into Serie-A.
“From the first day of the championship this season, the referees have perfectly identified all the situations,” he said.
“There has been no case of a wrong call in a ball-over-the line decision from the referees and assistant referees.
“In this moment, I don’t see any particular need for technology.”
Italy has this season followed the lead of European football’s governing body UEFA in introducing an additional linesman on each goal line.